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  NBC    Dateline NBC    News/Business. Keith Morrison, Josh Mankiewicz,  
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    November 4, 2012
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do you have one that got away? >> it was my first love. >> the guy who disappear ls. except in her case he really disappeared. >> he's going to call me in a couple days. he never called. >> his family in agony. >> saw him on america's most wanted. >> a rookie detective finally broke the case. >> i said, oh my gosh. i think it found it. >> a strange phone call revealed a strange secret. >> david needed to be gotten rid of. >> a killer revealed. case closed? not quite. >> then we got the real story. >> a bombshell revelation. was she really a bereaved ex? >> i always loved him. >> or just make a black widow. >> barbara britton is in the middle. >> buried secrets.
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thanks for joining us. i'm lester holt. for the woman at the center of the story her son disappeared and wasn't a shred of evidence of what happened to him. she may never have known his fate if not for a quick thinking rookie detective whose tools included the internet and some plain old common sense. but to solve the cold case, she would also need the help of a killer. here's keith morrison. >> it's a strange thing that happens among the marshes, the soft soil here in coastal florida. things have a way of coming up. things buried in the ground and the past, or both. it was july of 2003, beaches quiet, snow birds back up north. no one noticed first what was started inland in a town called pembroke pines where donna, a
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rookie really, just been assigned a cold case unit. >> the sergeant came into the office and dropped a box of papers right on my desk and said here, what see what you can do with this. i began to wonder, is this a test to see, could she really do this? >> but the case was a challenge was an understatement. now the forgotten mystery. the disappearance of a young man named david jackson and the file offered no hint, no pointers, nothing beyond the basic bio. to unearth the truth, even the rookie cop knew she would have to learn about the victim. so she began with something easy. she found david jackson's mother, judy carlson, found judy's son, actually, who called his mom. are you sitting? i said yes, she said, they
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reopened david's case. the detective and the mother talked about david for hours. wasn't a problem for judy. she loves talking about her boy, even now to us. >> david was my first child. he was just -- loved everything and everyone. ♪ happy birthday to you >> he would walk in the room, and everyone would be a magnet to him. >> david jackson was the eldest of judy's three children, and mark jackson idolized his older brother. >> he looked out for me. he was that way with his friends, with everybody. >> bill brown was one of those friends. in 1982 after high school, brown and david jackson worked together at a burger king where david became a manager. brown also had a front row seat to the budding romance between jack sewn and a 16-year-old coworker. >> that's awesome. if you can find love, that's what we all want. >> so all these years later,
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detective vasquez paid a visit to the woman dating jackson. happy to help, she told the detective. same thing when we called on her. >> he was a very good looking man. we just had an attraction for each other and started talking. sweet, nice, kind. sweat me off my feet. he was a good guy. >> as she talked, it became clear, deep emotions would not stay beneath the surface. >> i was young. i was still going to school. this is my first love. >> two youngsters in love, and then, well, things happen, don't they? >> mom, i got something to tell you. what? barbara is pregnant. >> judy was surprised. a little worried maybe, but no one near as worried as barbara's parents. particularly her dad. an ex-marine who was not very impressed with young mr. jackson, or so judy heard. >> mr. britton did not like him. i don't know why, is. >> still david said his mother
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was walking on air. >> he came home one day and says, well, mom, i'm going to have to sell the truck. i said, why? he said, i'm going to be a father and a husband. and it's not appropriate to have a truck and not them. >> so the pretty girl and handsome boy got married. big wedding, too, even though they were just kids. and parents to a son, john jackson, and they fought, made up, fought again, babies having babies is no easy thing. >> we were just too young. and to have a baby all the time, you know, it was difficult for him. it was difficult for me. >> who was the first person to say you have to get an abortion? >> my dad. >> how did david take it? >> he was like, okay, let's just find somebody. see what we have to do. and that was it. >> the two divorced in 1985.
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david arranged weekend visits with john. >> how were they together? >> wonderful. johnny just loved him. they loved each other. >> they all moved on. a couple years later barbara married again. michael wolf, an exmilitary man like her dad. about the same age t too. >> your gad and new husband probably saw eye-to-eye a lot. >> they sure did. they have a lot in common. they would talk a lot. >> david wanted to be a part of his son's life, so he traveled out west to see the boy. >> he went out there with a friend of his. they saw johnny for three days. i have pictures of johnny in like the old western town and everything. >> and maybe it was something about the distance, said barbara. >> we became very good friends when i was out in arizona. i used to talk a lot. >> what she felt deep in her heart never did go away.
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david's brother mark was flying into town to pick up the family. david was to pick him up at the airport. but when mark arrived, he waited and waited. no david. but mark jackson had a terrible feeling. >> no matter what, he would have been there for me. i knew something was wrong. i knew something bad happened. >> oh, yes. very bad. and as the rookie detective poked around deep in the past, that something was reaching up through the mud to tell her it's long neglected story. >> when we come back just maybe nature could do some of the work. >> with the crazy weather and the water that we have. if erp buried, somewhere along the line, you're going to pop medications?
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it was june 25th, 1988. ft. lauderdale, the day the mystery began. when a young man named david jackson failed to meet his brother mark at the airport. >> it was a gut feeling something was wrong. and i knew it. >> now 15 years later detective donna relives that troubling time. david's ex-wife barbara by then remarried and living in arizona, as she told the detective, got a call from david's worried mother. barbara says she wasn't worried. not then. >> i thought, okay. she was just one of the girlfriends. she's like, no, we're doing a missing persons report. i said, no.
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he's going to call me in a couple days. and he never called. he never called. >> one day turned into the next. police, family, everybody tried to find him, couldn't. >> started looking, searching. in pipes on the bridges on dirt roads. anywhere. if you see a car go by you do a u-turn and chase it. >> how long did that went on? >> thatent on until they found his car. >> which more than three months later turned out to be at the airport. so, did he just take off? his close friends didn't think so. >> maybe he got on a plane and wanted to do something different. i was like, no, he wouldn't do that. >> for one thing, david had been preparing for the arrival in two weeks of his 5-year-old son john. this was a big one. a month longer summer visit.
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>> johnny wanted everything perfect. >> and right in the middle of preparations he vanished? it didn't make sense. the days turned into weeks, months, years. not a sign of david. the police went onto newer cases, but his mother left up. phoning, nagging, writing. she knew david was out there somewhere. >> i wrote letters to oprah winfrey. i wrote letters to america's most wanted. i said, maybe i can have a semi put a picture on the back of a big semi. i had a list of the trucking company and did all the letters. it took me a long time to finish any letter about him because i didn't want the ending to be like i thought it was. >> it was, she said, a horrible invoke. a little piece of her still hoping for good news, part of her morning lost. >> i found a therapist every day. take 20 minutes every day. scream and cry in the morning.
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scream and cry at night. >> can anybody who hasn't been in your shoes understand what it's like? >> no. >> now years later the investigation was back in high gear. she said in some corner of her heart she hoped david would turn up safely some day. the detective did not for a minute think he was still alive. had he died accidentally, surely a sign of him would have appeared. no, she believed when bodies rbt found it's because someone has intentionally hidden them. but david jackson might show up, just not alive. >> and my wheel ls started turning. i started thinking, you know, we live in florida. with the crazy weather that we have and the water table that we have, if he were ever buried anywhere, somewhere along the line, you're going to pop up. >> maybe. the detective thought. remains had popped up. after all, it had been a decade
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and a half since he disappeared. and so she googled unidentified remains. it led her down an endless internet trail. >> it's probably going on 10:00, 11:00, my husband is probably saying, where is that girl? >> until she got to one created by a florida medical examiner, promising, exhausting. >> i'm there typing away and typing and typing. and it pops up about 100 matches. >> and she was determined. she finally winded it down to a possible three. one really stands out for me. it says white male. it says over 6'0". david is a tall guy and he's a why male. possibly. >> those particular bones, just a few, a partial skeleton, turned up during construction of a wal-mart parking lot not far from the place where david lived. surfaced just a year after david died, had been gathering dust
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and storage for 15 years. the detective went to see a forensic anthropologist -- but when the doctor measured the bones. she said, no, he's liking about 5'9". >> still, she had a hunch that she had finally found david jackson. she wasn't the sort of person to give up on a hunch. i said, can we please do this one more time. she comes back and says, honey, i was wrong the first time. this person is anywhere between 5'9" and 6'1". i said, oh my gosh, i think i've hit pay dirt. >> got dna from david's mother, waited for a lab to compare the samples, and ten days later the detective called the testing facility. she comes to the phone, and she says i hope you're sitting down. i said, why? you got a 100% match. oh my gosh. i said, "what?" because i'm not believing that i'm hearing what i'm hearing.
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>> 15 years after he disappeared, david jackson had finally been found. the question now is what happened to him? how did he end up here? >> coming up, a strange coincidence, or was it? >> it's an erie feeling that he was in that area that i didn't even
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it was good detective work that identified david jackson's remains, what was left of them. but pure chance that partial skeleton was found at all, as david's brother mark found out. >> they were getting ready to build a wal-mart. a construction worker came across bones. he reported it. they came out and dug up a bunch of bones. >> and put the bones somewhere and never thought about it. >> they were gone about a year after he disappeared. that sat in the morgue for 15 years. >> sat there all those years even as those cho loved david had a shred of hope that he was alive. >> as far as i knew he was disappeared. he was missing. >> now detective had a hard truth to tell. david jackson was dead. not missing. and the way he had been hidden made it perfectly clear he had been murdered all those years ago, most likely before his friends or family noticed he was
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gone, which put a final theory on his mother's lingering hope for his return, and apparently an ex-wife's what ifs. >> were you seriously thinking maybe some day i'll get back together with him? >> when it's your first love, you always think, you know, wow. what if. >> strange how things turn out. barbara had moved back to florida, remarried again. still held a candle for david, even as he lay underground practically next door to the wal-mart where she worked. >> what did he do to you? >> it's an eerie feeling that he was in the area that i didn't know about. >> such an odd coincidence. too odd, maybe? time for a chat. detective velesquez called
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barbara, got herself invited over to barbara's house. barbara had no problem talking about david. she said, she cared about him a lot. how is david as a father? >> well, david became abusive towards johnny physically, emotionally. >> up until now everything about david was squeaky clean. >> as an investigator and a mom, i began to say, did you ever call the police? she said, oh, no, i never called the police. she says i just thought he would change. she proceeds to tell me that i documented the injuries with photographs, never produced any photographs for me. >> unlefor us she changed the s. said it was her father, not her. >> my dad was looking into
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counselors and having them, you know, evaluated and stuff like that. i would be like, this is david. what are you talking about? but of course, the detective couldn't talk to barbara's father about abuse or murder or anything else. harry britton had been dead for years. but barbara had more information for the detective. she recalled a troubling conversation she had with david. at the time, says barbara, david was working for coca-cola, delivering the product. >> he told me someone was placing drugs on the cocoa la route. through the route they were being taken off of the drugs. e said, wow. that's serious. and she said, yeah. >> interesting. >> to detective velazquez that sounded like a made up story. almost as if she were trying to move suspicion away from someone.
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as we learned, barbara had an alibi, she wasn't anywhere near florida, she said, when david disappeared. >> i was not in florida. i was in arizona in the apartme apartment. i was nowhere around here. >> and lacking further evidence, gkt velazquez was stalled. unless the man barbara was married to knew something. a little checking revealed wolfe had been married seven times. number six, a woman named nancy graham lived in alabama. velazquez called her. i told her, i'm investigating the disappearance of david jackson. and she said to me, how much evidence do you have against him? i said, i can't discuss the evidence with you, but i can tell you that it's enough for me to put him away right now. i was just totally bluffing.
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i had really nothing. i'm just throwing it out there, fishing that long line, if something bites i'm reeling it in. and she says, honey, let me call you back. >> the minutes tick by. velazquez waited by the phone. and when nancy called back, what she said blew the case wide open. she started telling me about who was involved, how it happened, where it happened, what they did, how they did it, how they planned it. >> "they"? yes, they. and by the way, beware the sting of an ex-wife's tail. she said, i'm going to tell you everything you need to know. >> when we come back, the ex-wife ready to spill. >> told me that the first shot didn't kill him. had to shoot him again. >> when "buried secrets" continues.
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david jackson was murdered in 1988 in florida. that much was certain. but the rest --? after a more than a year of phone calls and late nights, all velazquez had come up with an
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increasingly complicated web of relationships. david was married to barbara. her father disliked david. she went onto become the fifth wife of david wolfe. they mar divorced and he married two more times. now finally one of the women named nancy was sitting with detective velazquez telling police she knew everything about what happened to david. >> can you tell me again? >> about how he was killed. how did she know? according to the ex, michael drank -- a lot. >> every night he would almost down a whole bottle of scotch. and i guess he just needed to talk. >> and the story wolf told according to the ex, implicated more than just himself. here's what happened as nancy heard it. wolf and harry britton, barbara's father, rented a motel
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room on the long ago july night, invited david to a meeting there. >> when he gets at the hotel, they have a very small conversation. and michael shot david in the hea head. >> the first shot didn't kill him. he had to shoot him again. >> after which as nancy relaid the story. >> they did take his car to the airport and left it there. then they took him -- i mean, there was an empty lot there. and that's what they buried him. >> he did not spare the details, said nancy. >> and he did tell me he poured some corrosive, and i think it was lyme, what he said. >> and sure enough, that was consistent with the investigation. >> along with that story, came what sounded like a motive. david disappeared as he was preparing for a visit from his 5-year-old son john. >> they decided david need to be
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gotten rid of. they never wanted david to be in johnny's life. >> david was murdered in cold plood to keep him out of his son's life? >> and boom, it clicked for me all the sudden. i said, wow. i said that's over child custody. that's why he's not here today. >> that was the motive? >> that was the motive. >> was wolfe's confession to an ex-wife a true story or just alcohol-fueled brovado. there was no way to know for sure. it was enough to bring about the arrest in october of 2004 of michael wolfe, now living in ohio. but an arrest is not a conviction. and as michael wolfe cooled his very sober heels in an ohio jail, he protested his innocence to anybody who would listen, including the ohio police. to whom wolfe sent a letter and said all he knew of the crime was centered around harry.
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reporter stephan camp writes for the news times and read the letter. all michael would admit to was meeting harry in a park, overlooking the place where david's bones would come out of the ground. >> michael wolfe said he basically pointed over to that plot of land and said, well, if you needed to bury a body, that would be a good place to do it. he concluded in the letter, with, and i don't know if he had listened or not. >> apparently he did. if michael wolfe had really not known anything beyond that point, it would get him off the hook and leave it in the hands of harry britton. >> so michael was pinning the murder on no one but harry, who was safely dead and could tell no tales. but now detective velazquez believed she hassed in evidence to bring michael wolfeback to
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florida. >> we did the warrant. >> how did he react? >> he said some pretty harsh words. not very lady lake if i say it, though. >> you can say it. >> he said i'm [ muted ]. >> finally after 15 years she made sure someone would be held accountable for the death of david jackson. >> it was the culmination of 16 months of such a long, gruelling, up and down tiresome investigation. the nights of not sleeping. days of going to work and living off of coffee. i thought, this is what it's all about. >> it was november of 2007 when michael wolfe went on trial for murder. after so many years any physical evidence that might have tied him to the crime was long gone. what prosecutors did have was the verbal confession, the drunk story his ex-wife said he had told her. then check mate. another ex-wife told police
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virtually the same story. >> told me he had a silencer on the gun. >> now he too was called to the stand. that was enough. the jury was out for less than an hour. the verdict, guilty. at the sentencing of life in prison, david's family confronted wolfe, not just to condemn them but to ask a question. because there was still a piece missing. what was david doing in that motel room the night they killed him? why did he walk into that trap? >> why would he go to a hotel to meet mr. britton when he was the ten minutes down the road? why would he want to see him in a motel? >> there would be no justice, they told wolfe, unless everyone involved was held accountable. outside the courtroom, david's brother encountered the state's attorney and said, he's going to tell you. i said, he's not going to tell
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me anything. >> in fact, it was just two days later when wolfe finally confessed the true measure of his guilt and gave police firsthand his unedited version of events the nights they said they buried david jackson in the shifting florida clay. was someone else involved? oh, yes, said michael wolfe. she certainly was. coming up, what made david go to that motel? >> it was a woman on the the phone.
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then, what matters to you and the people you care about will really count. you'll want to vote the more you know. >> in nevada of 2007, the man who shot david jackson to death was found guilty of the crime and september to prison for the rest of the life a couple days after he was sentenced wolfe sent out word that he wanted to tell the rest of the story. sure, he was the trigger man, and yes his father-in-law was determined to get rid of david permanently, but to set their trap, to lure david to the kill site at the hotel, they needed bait. that bait, said wolfe, was
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barba barbara. barbara who did not require persuasion. >> barbara wolfe was in the middle. from what i was able to learn about david, he would have never gone to that hotel room to meet harry britton. he would have never gone to that hotel room to meet michael wolfe. he agreed to come meet barbara. >> the woman who wept tears of love for her long lost love david was the very same woman who called david on the phone and enticed him to go to the motel room to be killed. >> they needed to use barbara as a lure. >> that roommate made her take a phone call just before he went out. >> he was pretty sure it was a woman. david takes the phone, goes into hiss room, comes out a while later, he's all spruced up, ready to go out.
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he's combing his hair. and david jackson left the apartment at that point. that was the last that any of his friends saw him at that point. what really happened in the motel? wolf said he hid in the bathroom. >> he was glad to see her. barbara had a stun gun. and barbara hit david with a stun gun, but the stun gun malfunctioned, so wolf stepped out of the bathroom with his gun. >> he had the gun wrapped in a towel. i picked the gun up and fired one shot. about that time harry britton came into the room and said he's not dead yet. he's still breathing. shoot him again. so he says i shot him and again, and he says that shot killed him. they put david's body in the back of harry's vw. all they had to do is lay his body in there and cover him up.
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they predug the grave. >> but that wasn't the end of wolfe's tale. a year after the murder he got a call from harry britton. >> he learned they were going to build a new wal-mart at the corner where the bones were. and mary, michael wolfe said, told him you have to come back down here and move the bones. almost as an order. >> wolfe flew back to florida. >> michael says he went back there in the middle of the night, put him in the trash bag, and went back to barbara britton's family's house and put the bones out in a trash bag. >> michael's story seemed to explain it all and cast barbara britton if a leading role. once she heard that story, detective velazquez was convinced barbara, determined to keep david away from their son, was a full part in the murder. >> what are the chanced either michael britton or harry forced
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her to take part? >> forced? >> yeah. >> you don't have to force a willing participant. >> and you believe she was willing? >> yes. >> the detective couldn't help remembering she said what barbara told her when she heard david bones were identified. >> strangely enough, the thing she said to me was, how many bones do you have? >> on. >> she had participated in retrieving those bones, and they thought they had gotten them all. when they had left about 50% behind. >> all this time, said the detective, she just knew barbara had been lying. and now she had the goods. we ask barbara about all this, about the allegations that she was deeply involved in the murder, and she denied. >> you had no part in killing david? >> no, i did not. i had no knowledge, and i had no part. and little lies here and there that mike keeps changing his
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story. i think it's just psychotic for the things that he has said. i was 21 back then. i was very lish -- i don't think i could plan much. i'm not stupid, but i'm not that smart, you snow. >> no, said barbara. it was all ex-husband michael wolfe's doing. his guilt, she said, made sense of the strange behavior during their time in arizona, particularly the weekend david disappeared. the weekend when, barbara says, her ex-husband was not with her at home. >> he would always go on business trips. every time i asked he would say, don't worry about it. i have business to take care of. >> she knew nothing at all about the murder, she insisted, until the penny dropped during a conversation years later with her father. >> i'm like, i wonder what he's doing. i wonder if he's coming back. i wonder where he's at or what happened.
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you don't have to worry. he's not around to bother you. >> what was that like? >> very, very rough. i was like, it's my dad. what satisfaction did he get? did it satisfy him? it sure didn't satisfy me. >> in december of 2007, detective velazquez got what she wanted. she worked hard to prove what she believed to be true, that barbara was an integral part in the plot to kill david jackson. now barbara was arrested and charged with murder. now perhaps the jury could answer the question. do you believe this woman? a woman whose hands literally shook, whose tears flowed at the mere mention of her departed ex-husband? do you believe the things she said? >> all the time, it's always been he's missing. >> coming up, could barbara's ex have a reason to lie about her
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role in the murder? she says, yes, he held a grudge against her. >> make you pay the price? >> yeah. >> an then her day in court. mary gonzales had a cold, she also has asthma.
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barbara britton, the woman who sobbed at the mere mention of david jackson's name is now in jail awaiting trial for killing him, exactly where barbara belongs, says detective
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donna velazquez. she made it happen? >> i have no doubt in my mind that she was the catalyst. >> barbara maintained her innocence, claimed there was a certain reason michael wolfe accused her. it was payback. and here came another odd story. earlier there was the one suggesting drug running on david's delivery truck. now a story about michael and gun running. >> i was putting away laundry one day, and i saw a bulge in a dress shirt pocket, and there was quite a bit of money there. and when he got home from work that nigh, i confronted him on it. and he told me that he was do g doidoing gun running to haiti. he got mad. he told the cell mate of his
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that's it. >> you'll pay the price. >> yeah. >> interest but true? wolfe has comment. barbara's defense attorney suspected wolfe had a more practical motive. >> michael wolfe was initially offered a 15-year plea bargain to take 15 years and testify against whoever his accomplices might be. lo and behold, a week after the jury convicts him, there was an option to maybe get that 15 years back. that was his motivation. wolfe would sell out barbara any way he could to get a lower sentence. there was the fak the two unprompted confessions he made to his ex-wife. confessions in which he portrayed barbara as a black widow intent on having david killed. >> well, there are two versions that he gave to each of those
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ex-wives. >> the stories were not entirely consistent, said attorney. besides, he said, barbara was at home in arizona the night of the murder. how does he know that? >> a phone bill from her mother's home placing calls to the home in arizona that night where nobody else could have been there. >> and what's a phone bill of that age doing lying around where it can be grabbed for evidence by a dfd. >> the father was a meticulous record keeper. >> what's to say that wasn't an answering service? >> michael wolfe testified they had no answering machine. >> could have been somebody else in the house. >> we questioned mr. wolfe about that, and he said there was nobody there. >> as the defense prepared for trial in 2010, something changed. >> there was new evidence discovered. and that new evidence is what we consider a jailhouse snitch. and he came forward and stated michael wolfe told him he
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fabricated the entire story about barbara participating in the murder of david jackson. >> the particular jailhouse snitch was well known, the d.a. said, mostly for the false information he provided. still after three years in jail it was enough to get barbara released and placed on house arrest pending trial. then prosecutor met michael wolfe to ask him about testifying against barbara. didn't go well. >> the blow came to me when he said, what am i getting in return? what will my sentence be reduced to? >> now the state reassessed its options. >> i think with any case you're taking a 50-50 chance. the lack of forensics. the lack of physical evidence the jury wants to see, but most importantly the fact that you have a co-defendant giving the testimony which was the foundation of the prosecution who wanted something in return. >> the people who conducted the
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investigation deep down in their guts are sure that she was at the the entcenter of it. did you think so, too? >> what i think as a person and what think as a prosecutor are different. >> so you made an offer? >> we made an offer. >> barbara britton was offered two more years of house arrest and eight more years of probation. she would avoid trial, but she would have to plead guilty to accessory after the fact in david's murder, meaning she acknowledged knowing about the crime, but only after it occurred. something she always denied. >> you have to remember, i had the option to go to trial. taking a chance with 12 to 14 other -- >> jurors who would hear a story about a control freak who very cleverly manipulated men to get them to do this awful thing.
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>> right. they already know what you're there for. they're already going to have what of an opinion. >> even though she accepted the deal, barbara was not happy. true there was no prison time. but she was a felon thousand now. >> you have a title over your head. it's life changing. it's very life changing. >> do you swear or affirm to tell the truth t whole truth and nothing but the truth? >> yes, i do. >> detective velazquez joined david's family at the hearing. >> for the record, david jackson's mother would like to speak, judy. >> david's mother read a victim's impact statement. >> because of you, barbara, i have cried for 24 years. i've wanted to die myself to be with david. >> her gaze fixed on the woman her son once loved. >> you are guilty. moichael wolfe is where he shoud
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be in prison. your father is where he should be, and you will join him one day, because that is where you should be, in hell. >> david brother's mark was not at all sure that justice was served. >> if you lose in trial, that's god's will. you can't control that. but i think it should have gone to trial. society in two years when she comes off of house arrest needs to worry. >> i have a picture of david. >> but his mother -- >> there was justice, yes. and she's a felon now for life. she has to live with all that. i don't. oh my god. i every time i get out of bed in the morning. one leg says guilty and the other says felon. >> and as for the detective who so dogged by pursued the case now thinks a murder got away. >> at first i was disappointed. i have to make peace with it. when i put my head down on the
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pillow at the end of the night, she's a felon. mentally when you're in prison here, do you ever escape that? >> as for barbara, barbara is spending her house arrest in her father's home, the old v.w. in which they allegedly carried off david's body when he was killed is still parked outside, surrounded by the curse of her father's alleged sin and many still feel cursed by the part she played in the murder. >> so the allegations that you took part would suggest that you are equally aware of your mutual guilt. >> that's what it would suggest. that's not how it is. there's a curse. you're surrounded by it. >> yeah, i'm surrounded by it. my dad is passed on. he's moved on, and i'm living it

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